Douglas Adams detective – Dirk Gently comes to TV

Many know of Douglas Adams fantastic medium spanning epic – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which has  seen print, radio, tv and film production and even stage shows; but how many know of his other creation, a creation I loved from way back when – Dirk Gently.  Dirk gently starred in 2 books – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long dark Teatime of the Soul.  At the time of his death Douglas Adams was working on a third novel called The Salmon of Doubt.

Anti-hero Dirk Gently operates his eponymous detective agency based on the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things.” He is lazy, untidy, dismissive, an awful boss and his methods verge on the criminal.

When Dirk sets out to solve an apparently simple and harmless disappearance of a cat from an old lady’s house, he unwittingly uncovers a double murder which, in turn, leads to a host of even more extraordinary events.

This won’t be the first adaption of Adam’s creation.  Dirk Gently was played by Michael Bywater in a 1992 TV documentary on The South Bank Show. Scot Burklin portrayed Dirk in a 2006 production of the play Dirk. Harry Enfield played the character in the 2007 and 2008 BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.

The BBC announced today that a 1 hour pilot is being prepared for it’s autumn season on BBC4 and it will be written by Howard Overman (Misfits, Vexed).

A good book being adapted by a good writer, I feel vaguely positive.

GS Reporter: Monts

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